Instrument Maker / CNC Machinist

The Observatories of the Carnegie Institution for Science is a world-class astronomical research institution.  To advance our knowledge of the universe, we operate an instrumentation laboratory with the sole purpose of producing the tools used by our scientists. 

We seek an individual with extensive CNC machining knowledge to join our instrument lab’s technical staff. The successful applicant will work with other machinists, engineers, and scientists to design and build the next generation of instruments and telescopes, with opportunities to contribute at all levels through design optimization, fabrication, assembly and testing. Our Pasadena campus includes a 3,300 square foot air-conditioned machine shop. Primary equipment includes two Haas vertical machining centers along with a DMG-Mori live-tooled multi-axis lathe. These machine tools are complemented with manual mills, a manual lathe, and horizontal and vertical saws along with inspection equipment.

Desired skills and qualifications 

  • 6+ years of experience with programming, set up and operation of CNC machine tools, ideally in R&D, prototyping, or high-tech job shop environments.
  • Expert in Mastercam programming for 3-5 axis CNC mills and mill-turn lathes.
  • Ability to effectively communicate with scientists, engineers, vendors, and occasionally the public.
  • In-depth knowledge of tooling, materials, processes and fixture design.
  • Capacity to offer design-for-manufacturability advice to our engineers and scientists.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines.
  • Interest in the continual improvement of both self and the work environment.
  • An interest in mentoring student machinists.

 Application Process

Carnegie is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Complete job description is contained in this advertisement – no phone calls please. Only electronic applications submitted through our website will be considered. Thank you for submitting your application by clicking on the "Apply Now' button below.

Applicants are encouraged to apply by February 28, 2020, when application review will begin. However, this full-time position will remain open until filled.

Only select candidates who meet our requirements will be contacted.

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